|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Activision||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: A2M||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 4, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
However, the absolute worst addition to this Kung Fu adventure is a mini-game that tasks you with more waggle; not just waggle of the Wii-mote, though, but both controllers. Legendary Warriors will throw this mini-game at you several times during story mode, and though its associated differently depending on the context of the story, the execution is always the same. This isnt casual waggle, either. Every time you play through this thing, youll be required to waggle like a maniac in order to successfully fill a meter located at the bottom of the screen, and all too often you will fail and have to do it all again.
The games presentation, however, is a joy to experience. Visually, though the level of detail is only slightly better than PS2 quality, everything has been given a loving polish. Character models are attractive and animate smoothly, backgrounds are colorful and varied, and the framerate remains steady. The hand-drawn artwork, though only animated slightly, is beautifully rendered and incorporated with great care.
The audio, too, is topnotch, and Jack Blacks performances are funny and entertaining. The music is fitting and varied, and the sound effects and voice work complement the gameplay nicely, though voice tracks are often slightly out of sync with character animations. Overall, the game really shines with its production.
And thats the real shame here. Legendary Warriors has a lot going for it, even in the gameplay department. Characters move gracefully, most of the controls work surprisingly well, and though levels are pretty much the same thing throughout, the potential for mindless fun is evident. But the level of waggle required here goes beyond mindless into the realm of painful, and its something most players will likely find offensive after just a few minutes of play. The multiplayer allows you and up to three other players (locally) to waggle each other to death in unlocked stages using a variety of characters from the movie, but if you didnt enjoy the single-player experience, chances are the multiplayer wont offer incentive to stick with Legendary Warriors.
CCC Freelance Writer